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Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Action Alert!

An important note from Dave Kinney, our Mid- Atlantic Policy Director.  Please call you Senator TODAY.  Most of us fall in Sen. Boscoloa's district, but you can use the link below to find out for sure.  I would suggest calling the Harrisburg office, as they are there today.  Thanks. 
 
A Senate resolution is moving quickly through the PA Statehouse urging the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources to allow new drilling leases on state forest lands. See here.
 
The resolution cleared committee just yesterday and is set for a floor vote today.
 
TU opposes this resolution. As DCNR notes, industry already has access to nearly half of the 1.5 million acres of Marcellus shale accessible from state forest land. Pennsylvania’s 2015 moratorium on new leases does not prevent drilling on land that has already been leased, nor on land where the state does not own mineral rights. Notably, much of the land that has been leased has not yet been drilled.
 
Our position is that current policy protects against impacts on coldwater resources from a more expansive build-out of natural gas infrastructure in state forests.
 
Given the time constraints, we won’t have a chance to put together a letter to lawmakers, but I encourage you to call your state senate offices this morning to urge opposition to this resolution.
 
 
Don’t hesitate to reach out with questions, and thanks as always.
 
-Dave
 
 
David Kinney | Mid-Atlantic Policy Director
dkinney@tu.org | 856-834-6591